Martinez won't get special treatment, says Millwall boss

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ANGEL Martinez may have been a key player in Ian Holloway's Blackpool side but the Spaniard won't receive special treatment now he's a Millwall player.

Holloway has drafted in Martinez on a one-year contract but says the 28-year-old is unlikely to go straight into the starting XI and shouldn't expect "any favours".

The Lions boss believes the former Espanyol star will make a huge impact in the dressing room even if he isn't a regular in the side.

He said: "Our policy is that better people make better Millwall players. That’s what we've stuck to this summer.

"Whether I pick Angel or not, he's a top professional.

"He was more than happy to come here on a one-year deal, which could become two years if he plays a certain amount of games, and I'm delighted to have him again.

"He's a wonderful person. He knows how to play in three or four positions inside out, he knows what I’m all about and I’m looking forward to working with him again.

"He's not going to get any favours but it won't be long before he slips into my group and looks like he's always been there.

"He knows my way of doing things immediately. Angel understands that the team is doing well and we're in fifth position in the league.

"We're on a half-decent run and he'll be used when I see fit, with the utmost respect shown to me."

Holloway may also use Martinez to attract more Spanish players to The Den.

"He helped me at Blackpool in exactly the same way," explained the Millwall boss.

"His passing is fantastic. He had an unbelievable education and upbringing earlier in his career. He's just a quality person – that's all I can say.

"That man goes out of his way to help other people – him and his wife have helped out at soup kitchens. That's what I like about him.

"He cares about people and our fans will love him. At first it was a big step up for him because coming to England was a game-changer.

"In Spanish football you don't get clattered – if you slip over the referee will give you a free kick.

"I remember Angel's first game, against Sean Dyche's Watford, and he had four lumps on the back of his head. I told him: ‘welcome to England!’"

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

24 thoughts on “Martinez won't get special treatment, says Millwall boss

  • September 10, 2014 at 13:13
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    Wouldn't mind seeing him & El Bekri in the same starting 11 with a Hurl ok esquire figure holding it all together. Hhmmm...

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  • September 10, 2014 at 13:49
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    Sounds like a decent bloke, I wonder which squad members are behind him in the pecking order for a MF berth?

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  • September 10, 2014 at 14:37
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    I can't make the florist game (in Spain for a week ) but have got a ticket for Girona v Real Bêtis on Sunday Girona is Angel's home town so Mr H I will keep a keen eye out for any of his countrymen that can come @ join us at THE DEN ,,,,', No fee required ,,,,COYL ,,,ONWARDS

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  • September 10, 2014 at 15:31
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    So martinez has to wait in line..so he's playing saturday then.

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    • September 10, 2014 at 16:08
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      @Jim28: he might join our other signing on the bench

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      • September 10, 2014 at 16:45
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        @block 28: slipped that one in nicely.

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    • September 10, 2014 at 18:58
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      @Jim28: Just pressed "like", FYI as the Americans say.

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  • September 10, 2014 at 16:52
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    i have just looked on the millwall website ,there is a picture of martinez with the goalkeeping gloves on,is he going to double up as a spare goalie.

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    • September 10, 2014 at 18:59
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      @jim1222: No idea why the dislikes as there are always 'keepers going outfield and players going into goal when required.

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      • September 10, 2014 at 19:11
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        @SE14: I just attract dislikes,i cannot understand why.

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        • September 10, 2014 at 20:16
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          @jim1222: see i told you so,im disapointed it is only 5 dislikes

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          • September 10, 2014 at 20:35
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            @jim1222: You shouldnt let the dislikes bother you.

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    • September 11, 2014 at 07:15
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      @jim1222: thats not angel thats a pic of tom king our young goalkeeper

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  • September 10, 2014 at 18:07
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    The only treatment he should get is that if he is playing well make sure he plays if he aint drop him. Just don't leave him on the bench or he might become mates with Gregory and then he will never start a game.

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  • September 10, 2014 at 19:03
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    Ha ha a few bps on his head he will
    Have more then that of he don't perform welcome to millwall

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  • September 10, 2014 at 21:27
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    @ letemcome i dont i think its quite funny being disliked lol.
    as i do when bushwacker and jim 28 call me a powder puff i think its funny lol

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    • September 10, 2014 at 22:57
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      Do you mean no one likes you you don't care ?

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    • September 10, 2014 at 23:04
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      F#@k em all that's what I recon mate

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    • September 10, 2014 at 23:05
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      F#@! em all that's what I recon mate

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    • September 10, 2014 at 23:26
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      Sry drunk but on this non story if he is good enough he will play if he ain't he can keep Gregory warm like previous posts said don't think we have to worry about attitude as ih allready knows him and by the way if anyone is interested tomorrow is national dislike Jim day

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    • September 10, 2014 at 23:43
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      Is it un coif to dislike your own comments ? Or just cheating?

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  • September 11, 2014 at 00:06
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    And now I'm waffling on but if grass grower ain't even commenting we know we're in trouble

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  • September 11, 2014 at 00:57
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    Just got home from work. This team has been built with stelth. Each one of the new signings has something to offer You know as MILLWALL people we will always be sceptable. But this season !!!!. I can't get to every home game, but I have a friend who is a wolves fan. He will come with me on the 18th. His first time at our DEN. We all know how we will welcolme them (and jacket). Bloody, Bloody, we could go up (OK) come with me and trust Mr Holloway.

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